Work

Born in Melbourne, James grew up on a diet of everything from Mad magazine to Vincent Van Gogh.
He had his first drawing published at 16. James graduated from Victorian College of the Arts
in 1995.

James worked as a Cartoonist for many years, with his drawings published by The Age, Amida Magazine, the Ink Group and others.

Barry Humphries once described his drawing of Sir Les Patterson as the best he’s ever seen.

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James has exhibited all over Australia and his work hangs in collections in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and New York. His works have been selected as finalists in the 2010 Archibald Prize, 2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize and Rick Amor Drawing Prize. In 2013, James' portrait of John Bertrand was featured in the Salon des Refusés exhibition at the S.H.Ervin Gallery in Sydney.

James currently works out of the Victorian Goldfields.

A monologue of James' work was published in mid 2014 – visit James' official shop to get hold of a limited edition copy.

Willy Wagtail

2016 40cm x 50cm
Mixed Media
Portrait

Sparrow

2016 40cm x 50cm
Mixed Media, on board
Portrait

John Bertrand

2013 200cm x 122cm
Mixed Media
Portrait

Lord Mayor
of Melbourne

2010 175cm x 122cm
Mixed Media
Portrait

Self-Portrait Study

2014 42.5cm x 32.5cm
Mixed Media
Portrait

Natalie

2011 120cm x 120cm
Mixed Media
Landscape

Jeremy Kibel

2007 120cm x 90cm
Scraperboard
Portrait

Cliff Face

2013 89cm x 99cm
Mixed Media
Landscape

Ceremony II

2014 130cm x 100cm
Mixed Media
Landscape

Blue Monday

2011 120cm x 120cm
Mixed Media Scraperboard
Portrait

Carlton Rooftops

2007 120cm x 90cm
Scraperboard painting
Landscape

Winter Self-Portrait

2010 175cm x 122cm
Mixed Media
Portrait

Keith Richards

2014 100cm x 79cm
Mixed Media, on paper
Portrait

Absinthe Series, Oscar

2009 60cm x 60cm
Scraperboard
Landscape

Absinthe Series, Henri

2009 60cm x 60cm
Scraperboard
Landscape

Absinthe Series, Henri 2

2009 60cm x 60cm
Scraperboard
Landscape

Fish Head

2011 72cm x 40cm
Mixed Media Scraperboard
Portrait

Rob

2011 74cm x 54cm
Scraperboard drawing
Portrait

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Raven

2016 60cm x 60cm
Scraperboard
Portrait

Evgeniya

2015 71cm x 68cm
Wax, on paper
Portrait

Diggers Dairy Farm

2015 47cm x 72cm
Pen and ink, on paper
Landscape

Marijana

2014 67cm x 45cm
Wax crayon, on paper
Portrait

Albert Camus

2014 57cm x 56cm
Pen & Ink
Landscape

Jean-Paul Satre

2012 56cm x 38cm
Pen & Ink, on paper
Portrait

Sigmund Freud

2013 56cm x 38cm
Pen & Ink, on paper
Portrait

Friedrich Nietzsche

2012 77cm x 60cm
Pen & Ink, on paper
Portrait

Nietzsche

2013 50cm x 55cm
Pen & Ink, on paper
Landscape

Mark Twain

2011 44cm x 41cm
Pen & Ink
Landscape

Nick Cave

2005 58cm x 39cm
Pen, Ink & Aerosol
Landscape

Keef Richards

2009 40cm x 30cm
Pen, Ink & Aerosol
Landscape

Studio

James' preferred method of working is labour intensive and highly detailed. Every artwork requires a dedicated application of many layers, from base clay, to translucent glazes, finally etching back into the painting with a blade, creating thousands of individual marks.

Each new work demands focus and persistence, keeping James well occupied in the studio every day.

James is drawn to the portrayal
of urban isolation in other
artists' work. Major influences include Gustave Caillebotte, Egon Schiele, Edward Hopper, Lucian Freud and Alex Katz.

Music also plays an important role in the studio. Influences include New Order, Joy Division, The Cure, Ramones and Nirvana. Occasionally artworks are titled after favourite songs.

Landscape
Portrait
Landscape
Landscape
Landscape
Landscape
“If you could say it in words,
 there would be no reason
 to paint.”

—Edward Hopper
Landscape
Portrait
Landscape
Landscape
Portrait

Disciplines

Scraperboards

James uses a unique technique. His works are mainly done on scraperboard, which originated in the 19th century in Britain and France. Masonite is covered with a white clay substance (clay and white acrylic mix) and then painted over with ink. Once dry, the ink is scraped off with razor blades and sharp knives, almost like a traditional etching.

From there he uses a combination of watered-down inks and aerosol cans and, again, scratches the colour back. It's very graphic. Though it’s an old-fashioned technique, the aerosol gives it a modern spin to a traditional glaze. The result is very detailed with a distinctive look.

Pen & Ink

James started as a Cartoonist. His pen and ink drawings use cross-hatching, an aesthetic he now incorporates into his other work.

Developmentally, from a young age James was heavily influenced by Australian artists Norman Lindsay and John Spooner; irrespective of era or context, both are able to create depth and form through altering the quality of line.

Many of James' pen and ink drawings also feature the 'aerosol' technique seen in his scraper boards, contrasting the direct strokes of the hatching.

Exhibitions & Awards

2016

Rick Amor Drawing Prize Shortlist, 'Raven'
Ballarat, 9 July - 2 October

2013

Salon des Refusés exhibition, S.H.Ervin Gallery
Sydney, 23 March – 19 May

Group Show, Eastgate and Holst,
Melbourne, April – June

2012

ANL Art Prize Finalist, 'Ceremony'

Rick Amor Drawing Prize, Finalist, 'Rob'

Rick Amor Drawing Prize Exhibition,
Art Gallery of Ballarat, 28 April – 24 June

2011

'Wisdom' by Ron Barassi with Illustrations
by James Money, Published by Allen & Unwin, December 2011

'Scraperboards', Warburton Lane Exhibits,
10 November – 10 December

An exhibition of illustrations and drawings /
Book launch: 'Wisdom' by Ron Barassi,
Metro Gallery, 26 November

ANL Art Prize, Finalist, 'Blue Monday'

2010 Doug Moran National Portrait Prize Exhibition,
La Trobe Regional Gallery, 5 Feb – 3 April

2010

Doug Moran National Portrait Prize, Finalist ,
'Winter Self-portrait'

Archibald Prize Finalist , 'Robert Doyle'

Rick Amor Inaugural Drawing Prize, Finalist,
'Self-portrait Study'

2009

'Keith Richards', Michael Collins Caricature Award, Perth Central TAFE Gallery, 15 – 24 October

First Solo Exhibition, McCulloch Gallery,
23 April – 11 May

Previous

Savage Club Drawing Prize, Winner

Contact

If you would like to get in touch with James Money, please email and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Studio viewings are by appointment only. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Reproduction from photographic materials of images not supplied by James Money, is strictly prohibited.

Credits

Design

Studio Constantine is a small communication design consultancy, working internationally from Melbourne.

Studio Constantine supported James in the development of his brand, website, and the Limited Edition Monologue.

For further details or commissions, please visit manualelectric.com

Photography

Andrew Schweitzer is a Melbourne-based photographer. He specialises in portraiture and landscape photography, but also services the commercial and fashion markets.

For details and commissions, please visit his website andrewschweitzerfoto.com

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